This is one of the only LEED Gold-certified hotels in Spain

November 20, 2019 by  
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Opened in March 2018 and located in Madrid, Spain, the VP Plaza España Design hotel is committed to sustainability efforts in both its design and daily practices. The hotel implements recycling and solid waste management programs and even continuous education on sustainable operation practices for the staff as well as incentives for guests to reduce their environmental impact. The hotel is one of the few in its country to earn LEED Gold certification as a mark of excellence from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 5-star hotel was able to secure the coveted certification with its high scores in sustainable setting, design, water and energy use efficiency and use of quality materials and resources. Related: LEED Gold eco hotel in the Wine Country was built using reclaimed wood The hotel has implemented several measures to reduce energy consumption. These include thermal enclosures and installations, a lighting and energy system with motion detectors to save energy when the lights aren’t in use, daylight sensors to measure and adjust electric lighting and window sensors that open and close window shades depending on the daylight. In terms of water efficiency, the hotel has selected plants for its outdoor landscaping that require less irrigation. Systems throughout the property monitor water consumption and bathrooms while using high-efficiency fixtures and fittings, such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow showers. These environmental initiatives have reduced water consumption by nearly 33 percent. The building monitors outdoor air ventilation levels, and intelligent controls are utilized for lighting and thermal systems. To further support high air quality inside the hotel, the design team used low-VOC paints. Additionally, the hotel sourced building materials locally, including the furniture and artwork, with wood sourced from responsibly managed forests . This focus on materials supports local economic growth while minimizing the environmental footprint. The general manager of VP Plaza España Design, Francisco Garcia de Oro, has high hopes that the hotel can become an example for sustainability throughout Spain . “For us, being environmentally responsible is not an option but an obligation. We hope to continue to raise the bar in sustainable tourism and will continue to seek ways to improve our operation every day.” + VP Plaza España Design Images via VP Plaza España Design

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Bioclimatic design creates a highly efficient and healthy home in Spain

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Spain’s Rías Baixas area is a picturesque part of the country. Now, in this idyllic region sits a highly energy-efficient home designed by local firm ARKKE . The architects incorporated several bioclimatic features into the design, taking advantage of the local climate and landscape to help reduce the building’s energy use. The Small Bioclimatic House is a compact, two-bedroom home that sits elevated on a steep hill side overlooking the Ría de Arousa, the largest estuary in Galicia. The area is known for its picturesque landscape dotted with quaint fishing villages, so the architects wanted to create an energy-efficient home that harmonizes with the surroundings and complements the existing vernacular. Related: Brazilian timber home uses bioclimatic principles to reduce its environmental footprint The home is just over 900 square feet and is surrounded by natural landscaping. According to the architects, the layout and size of the house was inspired by the limited building space as well as the stunning views. The firm explained, “The essential premise of the commission was to design a small, highly efficient and healthy house capable of making the most of a very narrow plot but with delicious views of the Arosa estuary.” The architects created a simple, one-story design with two bedrooms, a living room, an open kitchen and a bathroom. The front wall is comprised of floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to a front deck; this helps the family to enjoy optimal natural light as well as unobstructed views year-round. To create a strong thermal envelope for the home, the architects chose to build with CLT . The porch extends laterally, forming eaves that shade the interiors from direct solar radiation, again reducing the home’s energy use. Additionally, the entire envelope has been insulated with a unique exterior insulation system (SATE) to withstand both the region’s frigid winters and the searing summer months. + ARKKE Via ArchDaily Images via ARKKE

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Using Reclaimed Materials in Your Home & Yard

October 3, 2019 by  
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When most of us think of landfills, we think of … The post Using Reclaimed Materials in Your Home & Yard appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Dream/Dive Platform made from salvaged materials is the ultimate summer hangout

May 25, 2016 by  
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Created as part of a collaborative weekend project, the Dream/Dive Platform comprises a 64-square-foot timber base with a covered space for sleeping on one end and a cantilevered diving platform on the other. The majority of the structure was built using reclaimed materials found locally and supplemented with 2x4s from a hardware store. Left unpainted, the minimalist building blends in with its forested surroundings and rocky, moss-covered landscape. Related: Low-energy Lake House is a chic…

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Contest Inspires Creatives to Put Old Items to Good (re)Use

November 22, 2013 by  
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The Reuse Inspiration Contest, sponsored by Construction Junction and publicized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, pits contestants against each other in using reclaimed items for home-renovation and art projects.

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How to Build an Earthship: Step-by-Step Slideshow (Video)

December 21, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Earthshipkirst Appalachian Gothic architecture made from recycled pallet wood is by no means the only DIY housing option using reclaimed materials. In fact, TreeHugger has featured countless posts on “earthships”—self-sufficient passive solar homes built from old tires, cans, mud and concrete

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How to Find the Best Local, Handmade Gifts

December 21, 2010 by  
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Craft fairs offer tons of local, handmade gifts. Photo by Orin Zebest via Flickr.com. Guest bloggers Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer are co-founders of NaturallySavvy.com

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Artist Turns Cigarette Butts Collected by Street Cleaners into Woven Rug

April 2, 2010 by  
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Images via Designboom One way to collect the medium for your next project is to simply find it on the street, as many artists using reclaimed object do.

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China, Not Drought, Getting the Blame for Water Shortages

April 2, 2010 by  
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Photo via Allie_Caulfield The worst drought in at least 50 years has hit China but it’s not a lack of rainfall that’s getting the brunt of the blame from Chinese farmers and neighboring countries.

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